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Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. “News for working people, by working people.” Our program covers issues in the labor movement locally, nationally, and internationally. The program also addresses issues of concern to working people such as housing, education, health care, immigrants rights, the environment and U.S. foreign policy, from a working class viewpoint. Labor Express Radio airs Sunday nights at 8:00 PM  (CST) and Monday mornings at 11:00 AM (CST) on Lumpenradio, WLPN, 105.5 FM in Chicago. The program is streamed live at lumpenradio.com. More information about the program can be found at facebook.laborexpress.org

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This is the full 3-3-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express we take a look at the ongoing labor battle at UIC, the University of Illinois, Chicago campus.  Two years ago the faculty organized into the University of Illinois at Chicago United Faculty (UICUF), American Federation of Teachers (AFT-IFT) Local 6456.  The union was given official recognition in 2012.  But the union has been negotiating with the university for almost two years for a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UIC, University of Illinois, faculty, UICUF, SEIU, public...
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This is the full 8-17-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program we will hear about the possible development of an independent labor politics in Chicago.  A surprising poll by the Chicago Tribune last week revealed that Rahm Emanuel may turn out to be a one term mayor and that his replacement may arise out of the labor movement. Than in the second half of the program we'll hear about the annual Labor Day celebration held in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago from...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Rahm Emanuel, Karen Lewis, Jorge Mujica, Tim Meegan,...
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This is the full 5-25-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio, the Fight for 15, coming off their recent historic international one day strike a week and a half ago, take the fight to McDonalds door-step with another historic massive rally outside McDonalds HQ in Oak Brook Illinois last Thursday.  We will hear from several of the over one hundred McDonald’s workers who were arrested that day for blocking the road outside McDonalds...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Fight for 15, SEIU, McDonalds, health care
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This is the full 4-27-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we bring you audio from the 2014 Labor Notes Conference which was held friday April 4th through Sunday April 6th at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare Hotel in Chicago.  We had Jose Oliva of the Restaurant Opportunities Center on the program about a month back talking about the conference in the lead up to the conference.  On Sunday April 6th we had Kristine Maylee of the CTU talk about the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, post office, postal workers, teacher, CTU
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This is the full 8-3-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program, we take a look at several on-going strikes in the Chicago area.  First from our friends at Labor Beat TV we will hear about the workers of Sloan Valve in Franklin Park, members of United Steelworkers Local 7999 who have been on strike now since May.  Labor Beat attended a rally by the workers last week and we have audio for you from that rally. After that, more from our friends at Labor Beat.  They...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters, Steelworkers, immigrants, strike, Martin...
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This is the full 3-17-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.  Every so often Labor Express lands on one holiday or another and I enjoy taking those opportunities to emphasize some radical, working class history aspect of the holiday.  Of course St. Patrick’s Day, despite its more commercial and religious aspects is an excellent holiday to to do just that.  So on today’s episode of Labor Express I have a special St. Patrick’s Day surprise in...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, standardized tests, schools, teachers, students, ISAT, St....
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This is the full 8-24-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program we cover several issues.  First we will hear from Joe Burns, author of “Reviving the Strike”, about how only the strike can halt the attack on Public Sector unions. Later, we will hear about the historic, successful effort to block an Israeli ship from docking at the Port of Oakland, in protests of Israel’s attack on Gaza and in support of the Boycott and Divestment campaign. We will also hear...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Joe Burns, Oakland, Detroit, Palestine, AFL-CIO
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This is the full 5-11-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we bring you more audio from the Labor Notes Conference held in Chicago Friday April 4th through Sunday April 6th.  We will air audio from several speakers who are actively involved in reforming and transforming their unions - turning into more democratic, more militant organizations willing to fight back against concessions. First we will hear from Tim Sylvester, president of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, IAM, ATU, TDU, Teamsters, transit, boeing, public transit,...
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This is the full 4-13-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Jorge Mujica, organizer with Arise Chicago Workers Center discusses the current state of the immigrant’s rights movement, plans for May Day 2014 in Chicago, campaigns that Arise Chicago is involved in and announces his plans to run as a Socialist candidate for 25th Ward Alderman in Chicago. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, may day
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This is the full 3-10-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In the Fall of 2012, a new effort to organize low wage workers burst onto the scene.  Called the Fight for 15 here in Chicago and by other names in other parts of the country, the campaign's goal was to force retail and foodservice companies to pay a minimum wage of $15 an hour.  In Chicago, the Fight for 15 is an effort of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago which has backing from SEIU, the Service Employees...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Fight for 15, SEIU, McDonalds, fast food workers, low wage
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This is the full 2-10-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we take a look the current status of the debate around immigration reform and the movement for immigrant rights.  There has been much discussion in the mainstream press as of late that after several setbacks in the past couple years, 2014 could be the year that we see comprehensive immigration reform.  But what does this really mean?  For one, much of the seeming optimism that...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, rights, Obama, immigration reform
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This is the full 8-10-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Dale Lehman of Neighbors for Peace, talks about the Evanston Library’s decision to cancel a scheduled talk by Palestinian-American author Ali Hasan Abunimah,  co-founder of the The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse.  Lehman also discusses the current situation in Gaza and the Palestinian occupied territories. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Gaza, Palestine, Israel, Ali Hasan Abunimah, Electronic...
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This is the full 2-17-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we have a sort of 10th anniversary program.  In 2004 when I took over Labor Express from the program’s founder and long time host Wayne Heimbach, I was the co-chair of the Global Justice Committee of Jobs with Justice.  In those days we were working on the Coca-Cola boycott motivated by the assassination of several trade unionist at Coca-Cola facilities in Colombia.  One of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Colombia, human rights, war, peace